BlackBerry KEY2 promises to be "the most secure Android smartphone"
- Author: Kyle Warner Jun 08, 2018,
Jun 08, 2018, 8:28
The BlackBerry Key2 will officially be unveiled at a media event in NY on Thursday morning although at this point, we're not really sure what else is left to announce aside from a proposed launch date and perhaps carrier partners.
The phone-maker also says, "From a hardened operating system to BlackBerry's proprietary technique for establishing a hardware root of trust adding security keys to the processor, the BlackBerry KEY2 is the most secure Android smartphone".
"Although there are many different smartphones for consumers to choose from today, most tend to offer very similar experiences without much distinction from one to the next", said Alain Lejeune, head of TCL's BlackBerry Mobile division.
Featuring an iconic BlackBerry physical keyboard and loaded with BlackBerry Limited's best security and privacy enhancements, this all-new BlackBerry smartphone packs a number of features that are firsts for any BlackBerry smartphone. The display above it comes in at 4.5 inches, at 1620x1080 resolution.
Now, BlackBerry is readying a successor, appropriately named the Key2, which will be available later this summer for $649.
On the BlackBerry KeyOne, each key was customizable, meaning you could set it up as a shortcut to access from your home screen.
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And as was the case with the KeyOne, it comes bundled with BlackBerry's security and productivity software.
Depending on how you feel about the physical keyboard, you've been looking forward to this day for a while: TCL just officially announced the BlackBerry Key2. For the most part, the BlackBerry KEY2 remains the same as KEYone, but BlackBerry has taken the feedback it received for the KEYone and implemented the same on the KEY2. There is also a new key called the Speed Key. But the unique feature is the Speed Key, situated in the bottom right-hand corner of the keyboard. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos at 30fps and 1080p videos at 60fps.
The front gets an 8-megapixel fixed focus camera with 1080/30p video recording.
BlackBerry has kept the battery size same at 3500mAh and it has Quick Charge 3.0 support too.
The BlackBerry KEY2 begins shipping globally in June and will cost £579 GBP / $649 Dollars / €649 Euro / $829 CAD. As a reference, the previous BlackBerry KEYone was launched in Malaysia for RM2,688 with 6% GST.